Two new meetings on the program this Sunday, and the Blues back in training.
Two matches on the program this Sunday: Australia challenges Portugal, while South Africa faces Tonga. And multiple issues surround these two meetings. Australia, on the one hand, has a final hope of qualification. After the two defeats against Fiji (22-15) Then the Welsh (40-6)Eddie Jones’ men are still alive thanks to the unenhanced victory of Fiji against Georgia (17-12). The Wallabies would then come out of the group stages for the first time in their history.
To avoid this nightmare scenario, Australia must win with the attacking bonus point, and hope that Fiji lose without the bonus point in their final match against Portugal next week. Opponent who could also prove tough against Australia as they left a good impression during their first meetings. In the other match of the day, the Springboks would be well inspired to win against Tonga with the offensive bonus point. Without this, a Scottish victory over Ireland in the final match of this exciting Group B could knock them out of the competition.
Schedules and broadcast channel
Australia-Portugal (group C): 5:45 p.m. (France 2)
South Africa-Tonga (group B): 9:00 p.m. (TF1)
After two days of rest, the Blues are back in training. Strength training and briefing with the staff, then, at 5:15 p.m., session at the Georges Carconne stadium. The first of a week which will lead the French XV to its last group stage match, Friday October 6 in Lyon against Italy.
Player to watch: Handre Pollard
South Africa being criticized for its poor scorers since the start of the competition, Libbok and De Klerk having not convinced, coach Jacques Nienaber decided to recall an international level scorer. Handre Pollard, number 10 ped through Montpellier and with a unanimously recognized kicking game, will start against Tonga. The opportunity to observe how his adaptation to a flamboyant three-quarter line will take place since the start of the competition. If the flyhalf is undoubtedly a new weapon in the Springboks’ offensive armada, we will have to see how his profile as a 10 plus manager will fit this South African vintage 2023 edition.
The statement of the day
“Congratulations Fijians. I hope they will win the quarter-finals, the semi-finals and maybe win the World Cup.»
Georgian winger Davit Niniashvili, who will support Fiji for the remainder of the competition.
Today’s stat: 149
It’s now official: Saturday evening in the 52nd minute, Samuel Whitelock became the most capped player in All Blacks history! Entered game during the demonstration against Italy, the New Zealand captain made his 149th appearance in the Kiwi jersey, surping the legendary Richie McCaw. He hopes to increase this figure by going as far as possible in the competition.
Rugby World Cup: photos from Le Figaro